My Project Unveiled For All To See. Yikes!

I’ve sent out all of my greeting cards, so it’s time to unveil my project. I’m so nervous. I hope you like it.

Every year an idea comes to mind which becomes a sketch and then transforms into some kind of 3-D popup creation. I know what you’re thinking. Most people don’t even take the time to buy and send ready-made greeting cards. I keep telling myself, “This year I will simplify.” HA! I don’t know the meaning of the word, “simplify.” Two things about me never change: I was born sunny-side up and I love challenges. “Bring it on” should be my middle name, but it’s not. It’s Mary which is pretty dull in comparison. Don’t tell mom. Her first name is Mary.

The front is very similar to last year’s. Take your complaints to Yelp.

So here it is. Drum roll please…………….

Front of card

Ta da!

Here are the innards skinnards. Now you can imagine how weird they would have looked with duplicated drawings. That was a close one!

Inside of Christmas Card

I like to call my illustrations, family updates. Okay. So I’m bragging a little.

Kids side

Four people almost received cards with Danny and I on both sides. Dang HCDS! Hallmark-Channel-Distraction-Syndrome.

Parent's rule All done! Whew. No, really. Next year I’ll simplify. Oh sure! Those fraternal twins who live inside my head are at it again…

The winners of the cards!

They are all legit. I was going to send out four, but I picked Austin and The Guat at the same time. BONUS!

Check out their blogs-

Jennifer Jensen

The Guat from The Wish Factor

Austin Hodgens from The Return of the Modern Philosopher

Thanks to all who entered. You really made my week.

Merry, Merry!

There are more holiday shenanigans to come. Watch your inbox!

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

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  1. Gorgeous edition this year! (and cheers to the winners)
    Now you can bask in the applause, the twinkling light reflections, and the fireplace knowing those presents are arriving to delight….HCDS will be less of a danger…but wrapping those gifts? Careful with those scissors! (whew. No chance of any Super Glue incidents…..but paper cuts!) Jingle on! (presents wrapped here…but needing bows and embellishment with lace, sequins, vintage images from old Christmas cards/collected stickers – that’s sort of epic with me like the cards are with you….will have to start on that shortly.. eventually. Hey working with deadlines is fun!)


    1. I love your idea about the vintage images! I have a boatload of old Christmas cards in the basement. Another project in my future.
      Thanks so much Phil! It is a relief, but there is a list to get through in the coming days.
      Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Peg!
      You should! I can only make 80 if they are mass produced, but you go girl and hand make each one of them. Danny had an great aunt who did a card-sized painting every year. She must have made 100 of them!
      Merry Christmas!


  2. My favorite holiday tradition is our Christmas Eve gift. It started when my mom was a child, and I have continued it with my own girl. For Christmas Eve, you get to open one gift. That one present always contains brand new pajamas and a new book for bedtime. Makes having to wait all night for Santa a little easier.

    My other favorite is a new tradition. I don’t remember how we found out, but somewhere during Andrea’s childhood we found out Rudolph loves Cheez-its. So we leave out some Cheez-its every year so Rudolph can get his fix.


  3. They look great!! 🙂
    Something I started doing with my kids is making funny gift tags. I like to put an outrageous celebrity or someone my kids (and hub, I do this for him too!) are really into as the FROM on the gift tag. One year my son was into all things Scandinavian, so he got a gift from the King of Norway. 🙂
    Happy holidays!


    1. That is such a great idea! I have always used sticky tags, but between you and Philosophermouseofthehedge, I’ll have to get crafting!
      Thanks so much Coleen and Merry Christmas! 🙂


  4. I have made hundreds of hand-made cards, some quite elaborate and intricate. Each time one or a set is completed it’s like finishing a masterpiece. I know how you feel designing, creating, assembling and sending these. Beautiful, talented work, Susie. They are keepsakes. Merry Christmas!


  5. Holy Crap! They look AWESOME! Cant believe it! WoooooHooooo! Dude thanks soooooo much I’m feeling lucky. And by the way I LOVE that you said you were born sunny side up! Hadn’t heard that expression before but it totally describes you perfectly! Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thanks Guat! I’m glad you won too! You are one of my oldest friends on WordPress!
      My sunny side up personality used to irritate the crap out of my college roommates. I was an early riser back in the day and had tons of energy. Danny wakes up earlier than me and was born the same way!
      Merry Christmas! You’re card will be sent out today. 🙂


  6. So creative, Susie! My hat is off to you. It’s wonderful to receive something personal in the mail — not an advertisement or catalog. I bet those on your Christmas list look forward to your card every year. Merry Christmas!


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